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Environment is the major key to fantasy football production. These rankings, updated weekly throughout the season, assess the foundation upon which fantasy football statistics rise (or fall). NFL offenses are ranked 1-32 in the following categories: red zone trips per game, third down conversion percentage, yards per rush attempt, yards per pass attempt, sack percentage allowed, rushing TDs per game and passing TDs per game. Also use these rankings to target weak offenses when selecting a fantasy defense for the coming week.

Note: This week's rankings include data from the most recent three weeks of the season only.

Fantasy Team Offense Power Rankings
Rank Team RZ/Game 3rd% YPC YPA Sack% TD/Run TD/Pass Total
1 New Orleans (12-0) 3 12 17 2 5 9 1 49
2 San Diego (9-3) 1 10 28 1 1 1 10 52
3 Indianapolis (12-0) 5 1 26 8 4 3 10 57
4 Arizona (8-4) 19 8 2 5 6 9 10 59
5 Green Bay (8-4) 5 3 20 10 7 20 3 68
6 Philadelphia (8-4) 3 18 8 6 20 5 10 70
7 Minnesota (10-2) 10 2 14 13 14 20 1 74
8 Tennessee (5-7) 14 7 1 17 13 9 18 79
9 Pittsburgh (6-6) 14 22 15 3 11 9 7 81
10 Washington (3-9) 5 4 29 12 2 20 10 82
11 Miami (6-6) 14 5 12 26 3 5 18 83
12 New England (7-5) 10 14 25 4 10 1 20 84
13 Dallas (8-4) 19 16 5 9 12 20 7 88
14 Houston (5-7) 5 13 19 16 19 9 10 91
15 Denver (8-4) 1 28 4 18 24 5 20 100
16 NY Giants (7-5) 19 19 24 7 15 9 10 103
17 Cleveland (1-11) 19 9 23 25 9 20 4 109
18 Atlanta (6-6) 10 17 32 28 21 9 10 127
19 Baltimore (6-6) 5 15 27 24 22 9 26 128
19 Jacksonville (7-5) 10 6 31 11 30 20 20 128
21 Detroit (2-10) 25 20 30 15 16 20 4 130
22 Cincinnati (9-3) 14 11 22 21 29 9 26 132
23 San Francisco (5-7) 32 26 16 20 8 30 4 136
24 Oakland (4-8) 29 23 11 19 18 30 7 137
25 Buffalo (4-8) 25 32 9 14 31 3 26 140
25 Kansas City (3-9) 19 21 18 30 23 9 20 140
27 Tampa Bay (1-11) 25 24 6 23 17 30 20 145
28 Seattle (5-7) 18 31 21 27 28 5 26 156
29 Chicago (5-7) 19 30 13 29 26 20 20 157
30 St Louis (1-11) 25 27 10 31 27 9 31 160
31 NY Jets (6-6) 29 25 7 22 32 20 26 161
32 Carolina (5-7) 29 29 3 32 25 20 31 169

NFL defenses are ranked 1-32 in the following categories: red zone trips per game, third down conversion percentage, yards per rush attempt, yards per pass attempt, sack percentage allowed, rushing TDs per game and passing TDs per game. These rankings can be used when assessing fantasy matchups for the upcoming week. When doing that, look at the run- and pass-oriented stats individually.

Note: Data is from most recent three weeks of the season only.

Fantasy Team Defense Power Rankings
Rank Team RZ/Game 3rd% YPC YPA Sack% TD/Run TD/Pass Total
1 NY Jets (6-6) 3 3 8 3 5 23 1 46
2 Minnesota (10-2) 3 1 4 24 9 3 10 54
3 Cincinnati (9-3) 1 2 9 2 25 15 4 58
4 Green Bay (8-4) 3 13 12 4 10 3 20 65
5 Arizona (8-4) 7 5 29 13 6 15 4 79
6 Philadelphia (8-4) 11 6 15 5 30 3 10 80
7 San Francisco (5-7) 17 12 25 16 2 3 10 85
8 Denver (8-4) 17 7 18 1 20 23 1 87
9 Dallas (8-4) 2 19 24 18 19 3 4 89
10 Pittsburgh (6-6) 11 14 14 25 1 3 24 92
11 Jacksonville (7-5) 17 17 1 19 28 3 10 95
12 San Diego (9-3) 17 11 32 6 17 3 10 96
13 Buffalo (4-8) 25 24 23 7 4 15 4 102
14 Washington (3-9) 17 10 11 23 29 3 10 103
15 Miami (6-6) 3 4 30 26 3 29 10 105
16 Seattle (5-7) 7 20 19 15 15 3 29 108
17 Carolina (5-7) 11 16 26 20 16 23 1 113
17 Tampa Bay (1-11) 25 8 21 8 8 23 20 113
19 Tennessee (5-7) 7 32 6 21 21 23 4 114
20 St Louis (1-11) 17 21 27 12 12 29 4 122
21 Houston (5-7) 11 27 22 14 11 15 24 124
21 New England (7-5) 7 22 13 28 24 1 29 124
23 Chicago (5-7) 17 25 28 9 13 15 20 127
23 New Orleans (12-0) 27 23 20 10 22 15 10 127
25 Detroit (2-10) 11 31 3 27 26 1 29 128
26 Indianapolis (12-0) 30 28 16 11 31 3 10 129
27 Cleveland (1-11) 11 30 10 31 18 3 29 132
28 Baltimore (6-6) 17 26 7 22 32 15 20 139
29 Atlanta (6-6) 28 15 5 30 23 15 27 143
30 NY Giants (7-5) 30 29 2 17 27 23 24 152
31 Oakland (4-8) 28 18 31 32 7 29 10 155
32 Kansas City (3-9) 32 9 17 29 14 29 27 157

Category Key (Data from last three weeks of season only):
RZ/Game = rank in red zone possessions per game
3rd% = rank in 3rd-down conversion percentage
YPC = rank in yards per carry
YPA = rank in yards per pass attempt
Sack% = rank in sacks allowed percentage
TD/Run = TD rushes per game
TD/Pass = TD passes per game
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